Posted by: Tom Keer
October 2, 2013

Tom Keer

How to Keep a Fish in the Catch and Release World

A few months ago I hooked a striped bass. The fish was clearly a migrating fish, and I knew that because of its color.  There were pronounced black lines, vibrant colors of green and purple, and it was covered in sea lice.  Resident fish adopt nature’s camouflage and turn a paler brown and white, and because I caught this fish on the flats and it still had those distinctive colors I knew it was passing…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
September 24, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Make Someone Fall for You Hook, Line, and Sinker.

Whether you want to make someone fall in love with you for the first time, or all over again, the answer may be closer than you think: a date on the water. A new survey conducted among men and women currently in relationships reveals that two-thirds of couples have gone fishing or boating with their spouse or significant other. Those who have been out on the water together describe their experience as relaxing, exciting, playful…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 15, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing

I live in a house with six males. SIX. That’s a lot of testosterone. That’s a lot of energy. That’s a lot of laughter and bouncing off of walls and frogs in pockets and wrestling and love and time well spent getting dirty. I love every minute of it. Well, most minutes.  (Okay, some minutes are really, really hard. But that’s for another time.) I really love watching the boys with Dad getting loud and…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 30, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Can Grow on Trees. Sort of.

Arbor Day was last Friday.  And when I think of trees, I think of fishing. (Bear with me.)  Trees, and other plants for that matter, are an important aspect to many great fisheries. Though often overlooked, trees aide with the conservation of fisheries well before they are even water logged. Structure such as flooded timber, stumps, brush, “lay downs”, or “blow downs” are highly sought after by anglers of bass and crappie. Every year, leftover…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 4, 2013

Tom Keer

The Spawning Bed

At different times of the year, fish pair up for their annual spawning ritual.  In the warmer climates, bass and bream are answering the call of nature right now, and anglers are seeing them on the beds.  In a month or two, spots further north will see bass and panfish doing the same thing.  Some trout and steelhead set up redds in rivers in the spring while other trout and salmon spawn in the fall. …

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 20, 2013

Tom Keer

The Stocking Truck

When I was 13 I had one of my more miserable years fishing.  I was getting hung everywhere I cast, I was always in the right place at the wrong time, and I was catching squat.  Everything about fishing was a royal pain, and as much as I hated how my season was going I was determined to figure things out. One day I was fishing a local trout stream.  I had the Cellar Hole…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
November 30, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Wild Animal Encounters

One of the great appeals of fishing is that it puts us in close connection with nature.  I’ve always said that if an angler doesn’t take time to regularly soak in the views around him/her, they’re really not getting the most out of fishing, regardless of how many fish they actually catch. But let’s face it, there are times when encounters with wild animals are more than exhilarating—they can be downright dangerous and frightening.  Trust…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 12, 2012

Tom Keer

Fall Foliage

The fall brings about wonderful changes in every part of the country.  Where I live I see the most profound changes, with maples, birches, alders, and hickories becoming vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges.  Many people come from all over the country to watch the leaves turn, and I can’t blame ‘em.  I like to get a closer view of them along my favorite streams and rivers. The trout that I catch are as colorful as…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 9, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

The Over/Under: Fishing and Boating vs Other Sports

October not only toes the 50-yard line of football season, it’s also the middle of youth soccer season, the end of baseball season, the start of basketball season, a great time to hit the trails for a run, a hike or a bike ride, and a picture-perfect month for a golf game. With these and many other sports options, everyone has a lot of choices for being active. So, why should someone choose boating and…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
September 27, 2012

“Real” Greenbacks Identified Just in Time

The fly fishing world is buzzing after a scientific study released three days ago explained that the trout which fisheries biologists in Colorado had thought were native greenback trout really aren’t; however a small population of “real” greenbacks—thought to be the last in the world—has been identified in a small creek near Colorado Springs. It’s a fascinating story of science and history, with huge ramifications on how wild and native trout will be managed in…

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